The Stag Inn Hastings
Stag Landlord Nick Holt invites your participation

Between 24th November and 1st December Nicole and I will be opening up the Stag to a week-long celebration of alternative thought and dissent – we are calling it Radical Voices. On Thursday evening former RX Shanty singer Tom Kelly will be lending us his booming voice and boyish charm and hosting a very special evening of song and spoken word to celebrate hundreds of years of protest. 

Nicole and I were motivated to host Tom’s event and expand on it, not by any deep partisan alignment with a political party or manifesto, but by a feeling that the times demand we think about protest. Radical Voices as a concept espouses no doctrine but celebrates the right of every person to live their life free from persecution or hate, assuming their behaviour is reasonable and respectful of others. 

Shanty singer Tom Kelly

Your beef may be with multi-nationals despoiling the planet for personal gain, it may be with governments imposing their will without recourse to democratic process, it may be companies using and abusing under-privileged members of society, or it may be the ignorance displayed by your fellow humans towards issues of gender or race. It may even be that you want to vent in true Trumpian fashion about the offensive oligarchy of social liberals running the Stag. Whatever it is, please come and give voice at the Stag, whether by song or recital, or simply by raising a glass and a cheer at someone else’s power of expression.

All the events are free but if you fancy bringing along a tin or a jar of something, we will ensure it goes to the Hastings Foodbank to feed someone less able to fend for themselves. We are also a collection point for Deputy Mayor James Bacon’s Sock Appeal, so any new socks, hats, scarfs or underwear you donate will go straight to the homeless.  

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